The Guest Blog

By Jan Buysse The Liaison agency Flanders Europe (vleva) recently published its second, yearly cahier on “Industry and innovation in Europe”, with contributions from European Commissioner Antonio Tajani, the Flemish Minister president Kris Peeters, vleva president and CoR member Luc Van den Brande and a fine selection of Flemish captains of industry and civil society… » read more

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Accountability and the EU

By Dan Luca and Nienke van Leeuwaarden ‘Accountability’ has several meanings, depending on the situation it is used in. In his article “Analysing and Assessing Public Accountability – A Conceptual Framework”, Mark Bovens claims that accountability for the European Commission for example is not only synonym for ‘clarity’, ‘transparency’, and maybe most importantly: ‘responsibility’, but… » read more

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According to Romanian experts involved in various activities in “Euro Brussels”, nearly six years after Romania joined the EU, Romania has evolved, but there are still many inefficiencies and abnormalities. With great pleasure, I recently had the opportunity to host on the “House of Europe” blog the thoughts of several Romanian friends in Brussels, who… » read more

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By Ilektra Tsakalidou The “rise” and “fall” of the Far Right in Europe have been in the heart of debates among political analysts since the late 1980s. In Greece, the debate only became relevant after the 7th of May elections and the last weeks of political campaigning preceding them. The issue still fascinates because for… » read more

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Guest post by the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECFMU) In the lead up to Ukraine’s 28 October Parliamentary elections, polling indicates support moving toward the governing Party of Regions, with a close race between Batkivshyna and UDAR for second place. Those two parties had flirted with forming an official coalition, but amid a… » read more

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By Ilektra Tsakalidou “When the wind blows, the leaves whisper”, Jonathan Shapiro, Deputy Operations Manager and Senior Institutional Integrity Officer at World Bank Group reminded students of the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs (SAIS) during a simulation on identification of corrupt practices. When thinking of high officials’ corruption in Greece, the conclusion is that… » read more

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By Tony Venables Over one hundred thirty people gathered on Friday, 5 October in Vienna to assess issues surrounding the implementation of European Citizens Initiatives (ECI) which started on 1 of April 2012. The conference, organised by the Austrian institute for European Law and Politics, is part of the ECAS-led project ‘ECI link’ and is… » read more

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Re energising Europe

By the WWF EU Tomorrow morning, WWF’s new online debate forum poses the following question: “European Commission energy roadmap 2050: Will it lead to a resilient and sustainable energy system?” Some of the leading lights of EU energy policymaking will kick off the debate, but really this is a question everyone must help to answer.… » read more

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